Dion Dublin hails Roberto di Matteo appointment at Aston Villa

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The former Chelsea manager is set to take charge at Aston Villa.

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Quoted by the Birmingham Mail, Dion Dublin has hailed the appointment of Roberto di Matteo at Aston Villa.

The former Chelsea manager was named as the new Aston Villa manager on Friday as new owner Tony Xia secured his first managerial appointment since buying the club from Randy Lerner. 

Xia Jiantong, the chairman of Recon Group, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa, poses for pictures in his office in BeijingXia Jiantong, the chairman of Recon Group, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa, poses for pictures in his office in Beijing

The Italian has a big job on his hands at Villa Park, as he looks to return them to the Premier League at the first time of asking following their relegation.

His arrival at the club has largely been met with enthusiasm, despite the fact he has manager Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion in the past.

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One of those who is impressed by the move is Dublin, who has backed Di Matteo to get Villa back up with the right financial backing.

“I am delighted because I know Roberto and his family well,” the Birmingham Mail reports him saying.

“Mr Di Matteo will know exactly what to do and who to bring in. As long as he gets the financial backing from the board them I think he can get Villa straight back up.”

Di Matteo’s appointment is certainly an interesting one at Villa Park given his experience of the Championship in the past.

He managed to get West Brom back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, as they finished second behind Newcastle United in the 2009/10 season.

That shows he knows how to compete at this level, and Aston Villa will be hoping he can enjoy further success next season.

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